It's time to play The Fact Game!
How do we play? First, throw out a fact:
Corn is a kind of grass.
Just like rice, wheat, oats, or other cereal grains. Don't let the large seed head — the corn cob — fool you.
Is that true? Untrue? Well, I read it in a book, Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland by Cynthia Clampitt.
"Corn is big grass," writes Clampitt, early in her charming, engrossing book. "It grows faster than other grasses. Its large leaves make it better at capturing sunlight than other grasses. . . . So it's really impressive grass, but it's still grass."
It sounds right, is written by a noted food historian and printed in a book published by University of Illinois Press, confirmed by a second source (". . . of the grass family" says the Enyclopaedia Britannica).
I'd say: Fact!
Again, again! Let's have another "fact":
The United States is the No. 1 producer of corn in the world.
Do we accept that as fact? It's good to be No. 1. So yes, we do!
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